Tuesday – September 30, 2014

 

Graduation Information

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
DECEMBER 12, 2014

6 P.M.

UW-MILWAUKEE PANTHER ARENA (formerly US Cellular Arena)
400 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee
Directions - http://g.co/maps/qeu8a

Student Assembly - 4:30-5 p.m.
Pick up name card, photo card and assemble with graduates in your program.

The deadline to apply for MATC's Winter 2014 Commencement is October 31, 2014. We want to make sure that you are fully informed of the graduation process and don't want to you miss out on this special occasion of acknowledging your achievement!

Visit this link for the Graduation Application Form. *Please note the application CANNOT be submitted online.

Take time to read through the Frequently Asked Questions listed below. Thank you and have a great rest of the semester. We hope to see you walking across the stage!

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***BEFORE READING OR PERFORMING THE NECESSARY STEPS MENTIONED IN THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR BECOMING A POTENTIAL GRADUATE, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ANSWER "YES" TO QUESTIONS A, B & C:

A - Am I officially admitted to a program? (You can see your active programs and the program plan(s) on INFOnline. After logging in, click "Students" and under "Academic Programs" select "Program Plan.")
* (If you answered NO:  All graduates MUST be officially admitted to a program BEFORE applying to graduate.  The steps for applying to a program are available online at http://www.matc.edu/student/Admissions/index.cfm or you may contact the Admissions Department at (414) 297-6542.)

B - Does my program plan indicate that I am Anticipated Complete?  (Your program plan states the Program Status which would indicate one of these options; In Progress, Anticipated Complete, & Complete. You can view your program plan online at MATCs INFOnline website at http://infonline.matc.edu)
* (If you answered NO: All graduates must be Complete or Anticipated Complete with their program requirements. Please contact your program advisor or counselor with any questions in regards to your program plan evaluation. (If you are not sure who your advisor is it should be located on the first page of your program plan. If no faculty advisor is listed, go to the Dean's office for your program.)

C - Do I have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 or higher?  (Cumulative GPA is also indicated your program plan.)
* (If you answered NO: A student's Cumulative GPA is a calculation of the average of all of a student's grades for all semesters and courses completed up to the current term. If you believe that your Cumulative GPA is incorrect, please contact the Graduation Department at 414-297-8108.)

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO QUESTIONS A, B, & C ABOVE THEN YOU ARE A POTENTIAL GRADUATE. CONGRATULATIONS! CONTINUE TO READ THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I am a potential graduate. What do I do next? Do I have to submit in an application?
YES. Submitting an application for graduation is required, regardless of whether or not you plan on attending the ceremony.

Where/How can I submit a graduation application?
Students are able to apply at any of our four campus locations. 

  • Downtown Milwaukee Campus students may apply at the Welcome Center on the first floor of the Student Center. 
  • Students at the Mequon, Oak Creek, or West Allis campus may apply in the Student Services Office
    • Mequon Campus - Room A110
    • Oak Creek Campus - Room A106
    • West Allis Campus - Room 114

Applications are available online at http://matc.edu/student/currentstudent/gradapp.cfm. Completed applications along with payment should be mailed to MATC, Graduation Department, 700 W. State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.

Is it free to apply for Graduation?
There is no fee to apply for graduation. A $15 fee is due at the time you submit your graduation application if you plan on participating in the ceremony.

If I am a potential graduate who does not plan on attending the graduation ceremony, do I still need to apply?
YES. While applicants' attendance is optional, all graduates must apply for graduation to obtain a diploma and a graduated status.

Do I have a deadline to submit in the Graduation Application?
YES. The graduation application deadline for the Winter Commencement is October 31, 2014.

After I submit my application, what's next?
Once we receive and process your application you will be sent a letter indicating your eligibility to graduate and what steps are needed for you take depending on your evaluation results. Ceremony information will also be sent via postal mail during the month of April. Diplomas are mailed eight weeks after the end of the semester. Make sure your current mailing address is updated on INFOnline.

If I have any questions, who can I contact?
If you have questions in regards to your course requirement(s), please contact your program advisor or counselor. If you are not sure who your advisor is it should be located on the first page of your program plan. You can find your program plan on INFOnline after logging in. If no faculty advisor is listed, go to the Dean's office for your program. If you have any graduation related questions you may contact the Graduation Department at 414-297-8108 or via email at graduation@matc.edu. We will be happy to assist you. 

When and where will the commencement take place?
The Commencement for this academic year will take place on December 12, 2014 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (400 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203.)

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Cap & Gown
Each campus Bookstore will have a listing of all graduate applicants.  Please bring a picture ID with you when you pick up your cap and gown.  Bookstore staff will be available to help you select the appropriate robe size. Check your Bookstore for hours of operation. Note: We recommend that you pick up your cap & gown during the first two weeks of availability to avoid any delays or problems.

Tassel
Students will receive one (1) tassel. Additional tassels will be available for purchase.

Coat Check
Please note that flowers or novelties (including purses and cell phones) may not be worn, carried or used during the ceremony.  A coat check will be available, but will NOT check purses, phones, etc. Please Note: We recommend that you keep your personal belongings (purses, cell phones, etc) at home or with a family member or friend of your preference to avoid any problems at check-in. No electronic devices are permitted. Also, family and friends may want to be notified the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena does not allow balloons in the arena.

Pictures
A professional photographer will take a full-length picture of you as you cross the stage.  You will be given a white card to fill out.  (THIS CARD IS ALSO IMPORTANT PLEASE FILL OUT AND HOLD ON TO IT).  Please Note:  Family and friends are not allowed on the floor to take pictures during the ceremony.

Ceremony Instructions
Instructions will be made approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony begins, please listen to all instructions carefully.  ALSO, BE AWARE THAT ONCE THE CEREMONY BEGINS, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE UNTIL IT IS OVER.

Walking on Stage
When it comes time to approach the stage, take both of your cards with you (name card and photo card).  As you cross the stage, you will hand the reader both cards.

Degree Information
Please be aware that at the graduation ceremony everyone will receive a blank diploma cover.  Graduation is not complete until final grades are entered and all program requirements are met.  For this reason, degrees will be mailed out approximately 8 weeks after the ceremony. Please note that participation in the ceremony does not guarantee graduation of your program.

 

Child care services are not available.  Please make appropriate child care arrangements in advance. 

Congratulations to all prospective graduates!

MATC
Graduation Department
700 W. State Street
Room S115A
Milwaukee, WI  53233
414-297-8108
graduation@matc.edu